Expert: Russia's economy increasingly dependent on China

An expert says the Russian economy has become increasingly dependent on China since Western countries imposed sanctions on Moscow.

Alexandra Prokopenko of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center says the sanctions have made China an irreplaceable partner for Russia.

The researcher points out that China is now Russia's number one trading partner and a savior in imports and exports.

She adds that Russia may become subordinate to China, as the Chinese economy is much larger than Russia's.

Prokopenko also thinks that the Western sanctions will have a long-term impact, as they will put more constraints on Russia's development.